§ Mr. Livingstone
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department has closed its site on the outskirts of Hadleigh in Suffolk; when this site was first opened by the Ministry of Defence; and what was its function. 
§ Mr. Spellar
The reasons for closing ammunition compound Hadleigh were, as the site is in close proximity to residential development, the explosive licences issued were so restrictive and therefore the full range of ammunition required by units based in East Anglia could not be stored. The cost of running the site was high as the movement of ammunition in to and out of the storage buildings was manpower intensive, the design of the buildings precluded the use of mechanical handling equipment.
The site was first opened during world war two.
The function of the site was to store ammunition.